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Ex-judges to lead new Qld forensic board

Two former judges will help rebuild Queensland's forensic services after a damning inquiry into the state-run DNA laboratory.

Retired judges Julie Dick SC and Walter Sofronoff KC will co-chair Forensic Science Queensland's new interim advisory board.

The pair will head a massive systemic overhaul after a four-month inquiry found the state's DNA testing system failed to properly test samples for years because of "grave maladministration involving dishonesty".

The lab's former managers had focused on speed rather than accuracy in DNA testing, to the detriment of quality science, the 2022 commission of inquiry, headed by Mr Sofronoff, found.

"Work has already begun on long-term reforms and the appointment of Mr Sofronoff KC and Ms Dick SC to the interim advisory board will be critical to the delivery of forensic scientific services in Queensland," Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said.

"The interim advisory board will provide strong accountability, transparency, and governance oversight to support the establishment and operations of Forensic Science Queensland."

Director of Forensic Science SA Linzi Wilson-Wilde, who gave expert evidence to the commission, was last year announced as the new CEO.

Professor Wilson-Wilde will be supported by an additional 41 ongoing and 22 temporary employees as part of $95 million in funding to implement the recommendations of the inquiry.